National Security, the Midterms and the 114th Congress
September 22, 2014
CQ Roll Call and Just Security hosted a wide-ranging discussion of the role of national security in the 2014 midterm elections—and in shaping the agenda of the 114th Congress thereafter. The event included a roundtable conversation focusing on the key debates (and underappreciated issues) heading into the elections, along with the extent to which national security issues will—and should—shape the agenda of the Congress that the American people return to Washington in January 2015.
David Ellis, Vice President of News, CQ Roll Call (Moderator)
Washington, D.C. (March 10, 2014) — CQ Roll Call, an Economist Group business, announced two top editorial leadership appointments today to strengthen its premier news and analysis products: David Ellis of Bloomberg News has been named Vice President of News, overseeing CQ Roll Call’s news-gathering operations. Benton Ives, currently director of legal products for CQ Roll Call, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the CQ Weekly, the company’s 69-year-old magazine on government, commerce and politics. Both positions will report to Chief Content Officer David Rapp. “David Ellis is that rare political journalist who combines creative, must-read journalism skills with entrepreneurial zeal,” said Rapp, who worked with Ellis during overlapping stints at Bloomberg Government. “He will provide energetic, innovative leadership to a staff of reporters and editors who already provide world-class coverage of Congress and the legislative process.” Ellis has spent more than two decades covering politics and business in the U.S. and U.K. He is currently editor-at-large at the Bloomberg News Washington bureau, where he led a yearlong freedom of information project tracking the Obama administration’s open-government pledge and a series on the Justice Department’s prosecution of whistleblowers. He also guided an award-winning investigation of the U.S. crop insurance program, developed ‘Government Insider’ supplements for Bloomberg Businessweek, and most recently helped launch the Quicktake topics pages on Bloomberg.com. ‘’Working with Dave Rapp allowed me to see up close his talent for collaboration and innovation, and I’m delighted to join his CQ Roll Call team,” Ellis said. “The CQRC brand is still the premier place to go in Washington for high-impact journalism delivered with both urgency and accuracy. I look forward to working with his team to introduce new features to engage readers as well as developing additional products to help the company grow.’’ Before joining Bloomberg in London, Ellis was editor-in-chief of Moneywise, the U.K.’s bestselling personal finance magazine, and was a frequent commentator on British television and radio on money and politics. He started his career as a reporter for Time magazine covering politics and business, before moving on to People magazine as a political profile writer. Benton Ives takes over the helm of CQ Weekly after beginning his career in journalism at CQ in 2002. He most recently served as the director of CQ’s legal and regulatory products. Ives worked his way up at CQ from editorial assistant to economics editor, with a stint in between at Dow Jones as a reporter covering the Treasury and the Fed. Ives helped set up and run a partnership between CQ Roll Call and Thompson Reuters, covering securities, banking, energy and immigration. “Benton brings a keen mind and sharp editing skills to a magazine that has long served as Washington’s most authoritative source on public policy-making,” Rapp said. “We have some exciting plans for expanding CQ Weekly’s role as a both a print and online publication designed specifically for government thought leaders, and Benton has the expertise and creative talent to lead that charge.” “CQ Weekly has always tackled the toughest Washington stories, cutting through the spin to give clear, non-partisan analysis of the latest policy debates,” Ives said. “We’re going to keep doing that, with even sharper focus. If there’s a question about where an issue is headed, or even what’s on the horizon, CQ Weekly will be the first place to read about it.”
Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on issues of rule of law, security, and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and states in transition.
As the founder of the Truman National Security Project, she spent nearly a decade as CEO of a movement of national security, political, and military leaders working to promote people and policies that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity in America and around the world. In 2011, Secretary Clinton appointed Rachel to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advises the Secretary of State quarterly, a role she served through 2014.
Rachel has consulted on rule of law reform for the World Bank, the European Union, the OECD, the Open Society Institute, and other institutions, and has briefed multiple U.S. government agencies. She is the author of Advancing the Rule of Law Abroad: Next Generation Reform (Carnegie, 2012), which was chosen by Foreign Affairs magazine as one of the best foreign policy books of 2012. Her writings have appeared in Relocating the Rule of Law (Hart, 2009), Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (Palgrave, 2009), The Future of Human Rights (on humanitarian intervention) (Philadelphia UP, 2008), Promoting the Rule of Law: The Problem of Knowledge (Carnegie Endowment, 2006), With All Our Might (Rowen and Littlefield, 2006) and other publications. She has also co-authored Let There Be Light: Electrifying the Developing World with Markets and Distributed Generation (Truman Institute, 2012).
Named one of the top 40 Under 40 Political Leaders in America by Time magazine in 2010, Rachel has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, and other national television, radio, and print media. She serves on the boards of various for-profit companies and social sector organizations that align with her passion for issues on the intersections of national security, human security, and empowerment.
Rachel received her M. Phil and D. Phil in International Relations at Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and her B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. She was raised in a log house on a dirt road in her beloved Fairbanks, Alaska.
Gerald Seib, The Wall Street Journal
Gerald Seib is the Washington bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He oversees Washington coverage of a combined bureau of reporters and editors for both the Journal and Newswires, which provide coverage of the White House, Congress, politics, economics, the Supreme Court, national security affairs, health and regulatory issues. He also writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. Mr. Seib appears regularly on networks such as Fox Business News, ABC and CNN as a commentator on Washington affairs.
Mr. Seib previously had served as Washington bureau chief for the Journal, and the Journal’s deputy Washington bureau chief. He began writing his column in the spring of 1993 and assumed responsibility for the Journal/NBC News poll.
Mr. Seib joined the Dallas bureau of the Journal as a reporter in 1978. He transferred to the Journal's Washington bureau in 1980 and covered the Pentagon and the State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, Journal reporter Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo to cover the Middle East. They returned to the Washington bureau in 1987 where he has covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, he became a news editor responsible for the Journal's national political coverage from Washington and around the country.
In 1988, Mr. Seib won the Merriman Smith award, which honors coverage of the presidency under deadline, and the Aldo Beckman award for coverage of the White House and the presidency, and in 1990, he received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. In 1992, the Georgetown University Institute of Diplomacy awarded him the Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War. He received honorable mention in the Edwin Hood Prize for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club in 1998.
Mr. Seib was part of the team from the Journal that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the “breaking news” category for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2004, the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas named Mr. Seib the winner of the 2005 William Allen White Foundation's national citation. Past winners of this award include the Journal’s Vermont Royster, Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward. In 2009 he received the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis from the National Press Club for his Capital Journal columns on the presidential election In 2012, Mr. Seib won the Loeb Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to financial journalism. Mr. Seib is co-author of the book “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.”
Mr. Seib earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. While at the university, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society. He was also an intern in the Journal's Dallas bureau, editor of the university's newspaper, the Daily Kansan and a Sears Foundation congressional intern in the office of U.S. Representative Gilles Long of Louisiana.
He and his wife have three sons and live in Chevy Chase, Md.
Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call
Tim Starks covers intelligence for CQ Roll Call. Before that, he served as homeland security and veterans affairs reporter, and had a stint as a reporter at CQ Homeland Security. In 2009, he won the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. Before coming to CQ, Mr. Starks opened the Washington bureau of the New York Sun and served as a correspondent. He had previous been statehouse bureau chief for his hometown Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, where he was the co-winner of the 2001 Associated Press Managing Editors' 1st place award for non-deadline news reporting. He graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor's degree in print journalism, and minored in English literature.
Cully Stimson, The Heritage Foundation
Charles “Cully” Stimson is a widely recognized expert in national security, homeland security and crime control. A senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation since 2007, Stimson became manager of the National Security Law Program in Heritage’s Davis Institute for International Studies in April 2013 after serving as Heritage’s chief of staff for a year.
Stimson has written and lectured on policy issues such as military detention and commissions, intelligence and criminal law (including the Patriot Act and FISA), immigration and the war on drugs. As chief of staff to then-Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner, he was a key adviser on public policy matters as well as manager of Feulner’s office staff and Heritage’s day-to-day operations.
Stimson’s many research papers, op-eds and articles include the special report “Adult Time for Adult Crime,” Heritage’s comprehensive study on the constitutionality of life sentences for teen-age murderers. His work on criminal and immigration law has been cited in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Before joining the think tank in 2007, Stimson served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs. He advised then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and coordinated the Pentagon’s global detention policy and operations, including at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was chairman of detainee-related panels such as the Defense Senior Leadership Oversight Committee. He represented the United States before the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland, and briefed and testified before both houses of Congress.
An accomplished trial lawyer, Stimson worked as a prosecutor at the local, state and federal levels, where he concentrated on violent crimes such as homicide, sexual assault and domestic violence. He also served as a military prosecutor and defense counsel. He continues to serve, with the rank of captain, as executive officer of the Reserve Trial Judiciary and as a military trial judge.
Stimson’s thousands of media interviews and appearances include Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, BBC and NPR. He has been quoted by most major newspapers, including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and London Times.
A businessman and educator by training, Stimson is vice chairman of his family’s real estate company in Seattle. Before joining the Defense Department in 2001, he was a vice president at a global financial services and insurance brokerage.
Stimson holds a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and studied at Harvard and Exeter universities. An avid runner and triathlete, he serves on the board of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. He and his wife reside in Maryland with their four children and a black Labrador Retriever.
Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security
Stephen I. Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. His teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck’s prolific and widely cited scholarship has appeared in an array of legal publications—including the Harvard Law Review and the Yale Law Journal — and his popular writing has been published in forums ranging from the New York Times to BuzzFeed. Vladeck, who is a co-editor of Aspen Publishers’ leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks, frequently represents parties or amici in litigation challenging government counterterrorism policies, and has authored reports on related topics for a wide range of organizations—including the First Amendment Center, the Constitution Project, and the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital.
Professor Vladeck has won numerous awards for his teaching, his scholarship, and his service to the law school. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, the Supreme Court Fellow at the Constitution Project, and a fellow at the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.
A 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, Vladeck clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. While a law student, he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Student Director of the Balancing Civil Liberties & National Security Post-9/11 Litigation Project, and he was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for Best Team Performance in Moot Court and the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for Outstanding Moot Court Oralist. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude with Highest Distinction in History and Mathematics from Amherst College in 2001, where he wrote his senior thesis on "Leipzig's Shadow: The War Crimes Trials of the First World War and Their Implications from Nuremberg to the Present." Vladeck’s wife, Karen, is a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP.
Just Security is based at the New York University School of Law. For more information on Just Security, including the latest news, please follow us on Twitter (@just_security) and join us for conversations on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JSBlog) as well. Just Security is an online platform that provides a forum for high-level discussion of law, rights, and U.S. national security. Our primary target audience and readership includes governmental officials and legislators, foreign policy experts, and journalists who work on U.S. national security and international affairs. Just Security provides our readership with balanced and broad perspectives that include: constitutional analyses of major legislation and Executive actions; information about the impact of U.S. national security policies inside foreign countries; and scrutiny of international legal developments that could affect U.S. actions. Our objective is to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to the most pressing national security problems that decision-makers face. We have aimed to become a “must-read” for individuals inside and outside of the government who work on U.S. national security.
CQ Roll Call provides essential intelligence and grassroots advocacy resources to take action. As the premier source of timely news, objective facts and analysis, and coverage of elections and the politics of legislation, we keep our fingers on the pulse of the legislative process and give our clients the tools they need to maximize their influence. CQ is the ultimate insider, with an unmatched network of relationships and expertise that has powered the productivity of those who rely on it since 1945.